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2017 DA Global Auction is NOW LIVE

The 2017 DA Global Auction is NOW LIVE via: biddingforgood.com/demsabroad/demsabroad17

   Please check out all the great deals including places to stay, services, and gifts before next Sunday (Dec 3) at 5pm EST.

Thank you to all who have donated items and made the Auction possible! You don’t want to miss this!

If you have any questions, contact auction@democratsabroad.org

Best regards, Larry Pihl (English : "peel" )

DA Mexico, Chair email: Info-Mexico@DemocratsAbroad.org


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Happy Thanksgiving 2017

On this first Thanksgiving of the Trump era, let us pause and bask in the graciousness of second chances, and above all be thankful for the upcoming 2018 midterm elections which will present us the opportunity to put the brakes on some of Trump’s deconstruction of the administrative state. If the importance of the 2018 election opportunity needs to be underscored, I urge you to read the following commentary from today’s Washington Post, and below it, an email post from our colleague, Maureen Harwood, Democrats Abroad Canada, that includes two remarkable articles that juxtapose what we are facing. The Trump tax reform will do more than just ensure that the wealthy have lots to give their children. It will leave millions without health care, and will set the USA on backward path toward something more akin to a pre-Lincoln nineteenth century.

Dear Friends,

In case anyone needs more incentive to voice concerns to their US Senator - also included in this appalling tax bill are proposals aimed directly at US universities. Key Republican provisions would eliminate or reduce deductions on student loan repayments (including death or disability), tax tuition waivers for graduate students, and endowments for private universities. Note that vital and ground-breaking research comes from our universities' science labs, thanks to graduate students working for minimum wage. While the Senate is reportedly hedging on some of these provisions (let us hope) the overall thrust amounts to a full-fledged attack on US higher education.

There has been some coverage of this recently in the NYTimes and Washington Post. Two articles are linked below:

NYT
Washington Post

Maureen Harwood

DA Canada

DA Guatemala 

http://www.democratsabroad.org/

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U.S. Embassy Guatemala City: Visit of the U.S. Social Security Administration

U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala

Message for U.S. Citizens

Visit of the U.S. Social Security Administration

December 11 and 12, 2017

Representatives from the U.S. Social Security Administration will visit Guatemala to provide social security services on December 11 and 12, 2017.

Beneficiaries are reminded that they must complete their annual or bi-annual report to the Social Security Administration and may drop off reports during the visit.

Services Location:

Instituto Guatemalteco de Turismo – INGUAT - 7a. Avenida 1-17, Zona 4, 8o. Nivel, Guatemala City

Date/Time:

December 11th and 12th 2017 - from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

No appointment is necessary.

For further information on traveling or residing in Guatemala:

See the State Department's travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information. http://travel.state.gov/

https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/alertswarnings/worldwide-caution.html#WHemisphere

http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/country/guatemala.html

Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency. https://step.state.gov/step/

Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

http://twitter.com/travelgov

http://www.facebook.com/travelgov

Our website also contains a wealth of information about the services we provide and information about local resources for American citizens. https://gt.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/

https://gt.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/local-resources-of-u-s-citizens/

If our website does not contain the information you need, questions about routine matters can be sent by email to AmcitsGuatemala@state.gov. We will make every effort to respond to inquiries within 48 hours.

To schedule an appointment for services, please click here. https://evisaforms.state.gov/acs/

For emergency services, contact the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala, located at Avenida Reforma 7-01, Zona 10, Guatemala Ciudad, Guatemala, at +502-2326-4000, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Friday. After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +502-2331-2354.

Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

Embajada de Estados Unidos en la Ciudad de Guatemala, Guatemala

Mensaje para ciudadanos estadounidenses

Visita de representantes de la oficina de Administración del Seguro Social

11 y 12 de diciembre, 2017

Representantes de la Oficina de Administración del Seguro Social de Estados Unidos visitarán Guatemala para proporcionar servicios de seguro social, el 11 y 12 de diciembre del 2017.

Se recuerda a los beneficiarios que deben completar y enviar su reporte anual o semestral (supervivencia) a la oficina de Administración del Seguro Social, o pueden entregarlo durante esta visita.

Lugar en donde se prestarán los servicios:

Edificio del Instituto Guatemalteco de Turismo – INGUAT - 7a. Avenida 1-17, Zona 4, 8o. Nivel, Ciudad de Guatemala.

Fecha/Hora:

11 y 12 de diciembre 2017 de 8:00 a.m. a 5:00 p.m.

No es necesario solicitar cita.

Para mayor información sobre viajes o residencia en Guatemala:

Visite la Página de Internet del Departamento de Estado para Precauciones a Nivel Mundial, Advertencias de Viaje, Alertas de Viaje y la información específica para Guatemala. https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en.html

https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/alertswarnings/worldwide-caution.html

Regístrese a través del Programa STEP https://step.state.gov/step/ (Por sus siglas en inglés, Smart Traveler Enrollment Program) para recibir mensajes de seguridad y así poder localizarle con facilidad en una emergencia.

Síganos en Twitter y Facebook

https://twitter.com/travelgov

https://www.facebook.com/travelgo

Nuestra página de internet también contiene abundante información sobre los servicios que proporcionamos y sobre los recursos locales disponibles para ciudadanos estadounidenses. https://gt.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/

https://gt.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/local-resources-of-u-s-citizens/

Si nuestro website no continene la información que usted necesita, puede enviar por correo electrónico consultas sobre nuestros servicios de rutina a la dirección Amcitsguatemala@state.gov Haremos todo lo posible por responderle dentro de las siguiente 48 horas.

Para concertar una cita para nuestros servicios, por favor presione aquí. https://evisaforms.state.gov/Instructions/ACSSchedulingSystem.asp

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From the Hispanic Caucus

If you or someone you know is a CO-6 voter -- stateside or abroad -- please consider calling into U.S. Representative Mike Coffman's upcoming tele-town hall.

The tele-town hall is scheduled for November 29th from 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Mountain Time. Unfortunately, Congressman Coffman is one of those Republican politicians who is always SCARED OF HIS CONSTITUENTS aka “unavailable” to hold in-person town halls for one reason or another, so what his office is doing is first verifying that participants are actual CO-6 constituents through their online registration page, and then calling you at the scheduled starting time. I have participated in these kinds of telephone conference town halls before, and in the registration space where you give your info, include your foreign phone number in parentheses so the oddity gets noted by a staffer. Again, please feel free to share this info with anyone else from CO-6 to give them a chance to participate.

If you do participate in the tele-town hall, first thank Congressman Coffman for signing on to the House discharge petition to bring up a vote on the Dream Act (to save DACA participants from being mass deported). Secondly, ask him what he's doing, if anything, for his constituents who live abroad, what's he doing to help Colorado's growing Latino community, or anything else important to you. If he does give a response, please report back to us!

The congressman may have an impressive an impressive résumé, but his voting record is somewhere in-between "unimpressive" and "disgusting." Not to worry, though, we're keeping a close eye on him (and other Republicans)!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving,

Michael Ramos

DA Australia

https://votesmart.org/candidate/key-votes/1535/michael-coffman#.WhWbWk3wvIV

https://coffman.house.gov/biography/

https://tthm.wufoo.com/forms/congressman-coffman-teletownhall-signup/


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Reflections from the Campaign


Dear all: some reflections from the campaign, the first battle in the fight for the soul of the Commonwealth and the country.

1. It was all about the women. You ran and you won. You organized and you volunteered. And you voted. Of the fifteen House of Delegate seats we won outright, ten of the winners were women. All fifteen of the Republicans who lost were men. Mostly old, all white, and much too comfortable in their reactionary ways. Richmond will never be the same, and I thank God for that.
And yes, many men came to their senses; almost half of us voted for Ralph Northam. We still have plenty of work to do, but it's a start.

2. The new generation is ready. I would venture to say that all the new Democratic winners in the House of Delegates are younger than the Republicans they replace. This is an amazing turn of events. By challenging the dinosaurs in the House of Delegates, the Democrats shone a bright light on their damaging and obstructionist votes. This election was about more than Donald Trump. It unseated men who were Trumpian before the word was even invented. It talked about education, women's reproductive rights, the environment for future generations, tolerance and diversity.

3. Who actually voted? Overall turnout increased by five percentage points, from 42.7% in the 2013 Governor's race to 47.6% in 2017. While this turnout is still a little disappointing, considering what was at stake, the details reveal some interesting facts. On the Democratic side, four demographic groups increased their turnout participation by more than 5 percentage points: College students (plus 8 points), Millennials (plus 8 points), Asian (plus 7 points), and Latino (plus 6 points). On the Republican side, only one group, high income voters in the Southwest part of the state, increased 6 percentage points. This bodes well for the future: we have many more potential votes out there!

4. Arlington stands tall once again. Arlington increased its turnout from 42.4% in 2013 to an astounding 52,3% in 2017. We were fired up, and not even a cold rain all afternoon could dampen our spirits. We did our part in delivering a margin of more than 52,000 votes to the statewide margin of 232,000. The statewide margin was even bigger than the margin for Hillary in 2016, and with fewer votes cast, and McAuliffe in 2013. Arlington cast 80.1% of its votes for Ralph Northam and only 18.9% for Ed Gillespie.

5. Thrifton and Cherrydale precincts did their part. Thrifton voters cast 70.85% of their votes for Ralph Northam, and 28,5% for Ed Gillespie. Cherrydale went 78.47% for Ralph Northam and 20.88% for Ed Gillespie. The totals do not include the absentee votes from these precincts, which are aggregated into one separate precinct. The overall absentee precinct voted 85.4 % for Ralph Northam. I am proud and happy that these two precincts added a combined margin of 1567 votes (888 from Cherrydale and 679 from Thrifton) to Ralph Northam's margin, plus a considerable number of absentee votes from our precincts.

One can only hope that the results of this election can be repeated throughout the country in the future. That a huge new pool of talented (women!) candidates will emerge to challenge the old guard. That the college voters and the millennials will embrace the political process and use it to shape their futures. That the under-represented minorities will realize the power of the ballot box in furthering their interests and maximizing their contribution to the community. That sanity and honesty and integrity will return to the political discussion.

I close by sincerely thanking each and every one of you who contributed to the victory. I know many of you canvassed, made phone calls, made donations, put signs in your yard, talked to friends, neighbors and relatives, handed out flyers, delivered papers, worked in the cold and rain on election day and did so many more things, both big and small. to make this possible.

Best wishes to all,

Jack Hastings
Thrifton Precinct Co-captain
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Americas Region Annual General Meeting: January 25-29

Americas Region Annual General Meeting

Costa Rica awaits you at the Americas Region Annual General Meeting. January is the perfect time to kick-start our "Get Out the Vote" campaign for the 2018 election, but, it is also one of the most desirable times to visit Costa Rica. Everything is still very green from the rainy season yet guaranteed warm and dry. Rooms are at a premium and hard to come by. We are grateful to our friends at the Hotel Bougainvillea for holding a block of rooms for us and offering them at a reduced rate. However, this offer expires November 30th. Time is running out.

Make your reservation today – January 25 – January 29th Americas AGM 2018.

Please find attached:

• Hotel Bougainvillea reservation form. Credit card is required to hold your room but not charged until you arrive. Please note that providing you stay at least two nights between January 25th & the 29th, then any days before or after will be at same favorable rate. Please return this form to us and we will turn them in all together to the Hotel Bougainvillea so that there will be no confusion or mix-ups.

Registration form. Please fill this out so we have your contact information, your preferred housing choices, your arrival times and dates and any special requirements.

• Tour information form. Please note that the venue is in the center of the country in what is called a high tropical zone at 4000 feet. We are not near the beaches or the hot springs. Both worth a visit. Let us know if you want to take advantage while you’re here to see more of Costa Rica and we’ll gladly help you.

  • Costs for CR Visit: Donation for meeting - contribution towards the meeting rooms rental, A/V equipment, printing and supplies. Activity charges are listed individually. Meeting donations and activity costs are payable to DACR by cash in person or via PayPal.

Agenda -Copy of flyer

PLEASE PRINT OUT FORM(S), FILL THEM IN, SCAN OR TAKE A PICTURE OF THEM AND RETURN THEM, OR OPEN THEM IN MS WORD, ENABLE EDITING AND FILL IN YOUR INFORMATION. APOLOGIES, WE DID NOT HAVE TIME TO GENERATE SPECIAL FORMS.

•PLEASE CONTACT FOR ANY QUESTIONS

Kathy Rothschild

•DemocratsAbroadCostaRica@gmail.com

•USA number 212-222-7745

•CR number +506-2244-2247

Remember, we plan on having exciting speakers and meaningful workshops so that everyone can have a great time and take back a lot of useful information to their Country Committees and Chapters. Flyer is attached again to entice you. Whether you are a member or leader of a Country Committee, a member at large or a member of a new group in formation there is so much to see and learn at our upcoming meeting. We are urging to attend. We are so looking forward to seeing all of you.

Jody Quinnell, RVC Americas Region

Kathy Rothschild, Deputy RVC, Americas Region and Chair of DA Costa Rica

Democrats Abroad

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ELECTION RESULTS: JULIA BRYAN

I thought you might find the following list of wins handy (and delightful too). Thank you for all the work you have done this year to help make this happen. Special thanks to our GOTV team, led by Heidi Burch and Eileen Weinburg, for all the time they have spent organizing phone banking, sending out detailed emails to special election voters, energizing volunteers and more. Many thanks to the phone bankers who have made these calls, and many thanks to the communications team who have helped get the message out as well You all are getting the job done and proving to the world that we are going to rock 2018!

  All the best,

Julia Bryan

International Chair, Democrats Abroad

Virginia

Ralph Northam is the governor-elect, Justin Fairfax is lieutenant governor-elect, and Mark Herring was re-elected attorney general.

Democrats flipped at least 14* House of Delegate seats including:

· Jennifer Carroll Foy (HD-02)

· Wendy Goodits (HD-10)

· Chris Hurst (HD-12)

· Danica Roem (HD-13)

· Kelly Fowler (HD-21)

· Elizabeth Guzman (HD-31)

· David Reid (HD-32)

· Kathy Tran (HD-42)

· Lee Carter (HD-50)

· Hala Ayala (HD-51)

· Karrie Delaney (HD-67)

· Dawn Adams (HD-68)

· Schuyler VanValkenberg (HD-72)

· Deborah Rodman (HD-73)

* No party has picked up more than 7 seats in a single House of Delegates election since 2001.

New Jersey

Democrats flipped the governor’s seat from red to blue by electing Phil Murphy and Sheila Oliver. Vin Gopal flipped New Jersey’s 11th Senate District from red to blue. New Jersey became the 7th state in the US where Democrats control both legislative and executive branches.

North Carolina

Democrats flipped 2 mayoral seats by electing Vi Lyles in Charlotte and Mitch Colvin in Fayetteville. Vi Lyles is the first-ever African American woman to be elected mayor of Charlotte, while Mitch used his strong ties to the community to flip the Fayetteville mayoral seat from red to blue.

New Hampshire

Democrats flipped the Manchester mayoral seat by electing Joyce Craig. Joyce is the first woman to ever serve as mayor of Manchester. Democrats flipped one seat in the New Hampshire House of Representatives by electing Erika Connors to the Hillsborough County District 15 and held the Sullivan County District 1 by electing Brian Sullivan. In total, Democrats have now flipped six seats in New Hampshire from red to blue in 2017

Florida

Democrats re-elected Mayor Rick Kriseman to be the mayor of St. Petersburg.

Massachusetts

Democrats re-elected Boston Mayor Marty Walsh. New York Democrats re-elected New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Georgia

Democrats flipped two House districts by electing Deborah Gonzalez (HD-117) and Jonathan Wallace (HD-119).

Michigan

Democrats held Michigan’s 109th House District by electing Sara Cambensy.

Washington

Manka Dhingra's resounding victory in the Washington 45th state senate race successfully flipped control of the Washington State Senate to the Democrats.

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MOVIE NIGHT: Friday, November 17: Megan Leavey

They're not even dogs anymore. They're warriors, and they come back with all the same issues we do.

Megan Leavey

Based on the true life story of a young Marine corporal whose unique discipline and bond with her military combat dog saved many lives during their deployment in Iraq. When she is assigned to clean up the K9 unit after a disciplinary hearing, Leavey identifies with a particularly aggressive dog, Rex, and is given the chance to train him. Megan and Rex completed more than 100 missions until an IED explosion injures them, putting their fate in jeopardy.

2017, 1hr 56min, PG13

Q20 Suggested Donation

Bring Your Own Drinks / Some Drinks Will Be For Sale

Popcorn Available at Q5 per Bag

Friday, November 17, 2017

The movie starts promptly at 6:30pm

Casa Convento Concepción 4a Calle Oriente #41

Open to Members of DAGT and Guests

Discussion Group Following the Movie

BRING YOUR OWN TISSUES - THIS MOVIE WILL MAKE YOU CRY

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Get Ready for the 2018 Elections! Join Us for Phonebanking and Voter Registration Training

Would you like to learn more about Phonebanking and Voter Registration to Get Out the Vote (GOTV) for the 2018 Elections?

We’ve set up an initial round of live Webex training sessions for DA volunteers interested in Phonebanking and helping with Voter Registration. These sessions are optional--sign up if you would like some more guidance for your GOTV efforts.

Phonebanking training is for anyone who wants additional support to set up a CallHub account and to get started with phonebanking. Voter Registration training will discuss best practices for setting up Voter Registration events and how to help overseas voters register to vote and request their ballots.

If you would like to sign up for Phonebanking and/or Voter Registration Training, please fill out this form: GOTV TRAINING - LIVE WEBEX SESSIONS

We have scheduled several sessions to allow DA volunteers in different parts of the world to access the training. Pick the one that is most convenient for you!

Scheduled dates and times are: [All times are Eastern Time (Washington, DC); Please convert to your time zone] :

•Phonebanking: Friday November 10 at 7pm ET

•Phonebanking: Saturday, November 11 at 9am ET

•Phonebanking: Thursday November 16 at 2pm ET

•Voter Registration: Thursday, November 9 at 1pm ET

•Voter Registration: Tuesday, November 14 at 3am ET

•Voter Registration: Wednesday, November 15 at 9am ET

If you have any questions, please email us at: gotv@democratsabroad.org

Democratically yours,

Heidi Burch and Eileen Weinberg, Co-Chairs Democrats Abroad GOTV Team

DA Voter Information Team http://www.democratsabroad.org/

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DNC General Meeting: Las Vegas Recap

Dear DNC Member,

It was wonderful to be with so many of you in Las Vegas for our fall DNC meeting. I left the meeting inspired and energized and am looking forward to working with all of you to strengthen our party as we work to achieve victories up and down the ballot in 2017, 2018, and beyond.

As I have started doing after all of our DNC meetings, we’ll be sharing a report of what happened so you as a member can know and can share it with your constituents. It was an action-packed week, where we came together for two General Sessions, an Executive Committee Meeting, four Standing Committee meetings, and a cumulative 18 Caucus and Council meetings!

Here are some updates about things that happened during the meeting:

General Sessions

During Thursday’s General Session for DNC members, Chair Tom Perez and CEO Jess O’Connell walked through the new DNC, highlighting our renewed focus on modernizing, organizing, rebuilding, and winning. Members heard from new senior leadership, including Political & Organizing Director Amanda Brown Liermann, CTO Raffi Krikorian and CMO Caitlin Mitchell. Chair Perez and team walked through a presentation detailing the new DNC. You can find a version of it here.

  In addition, during Thursday’s session, a town hall was held that allowed members to ask questions of the Chair and the other officers. Topics ranged from organizing priorities, to how we are engaging millennials, to what investments are being made today in state parties. It was an informative discussion.

 During Saturday’s General Session, we heard remarks from Senator Catherine Cortez Masto who talked about how they won in Nevada in 2016. She talked about how we cannot rely on anger and needing to focus on working families. We also were joined by former Senator Harry Reid. Our keynote speaker was former Attorney General Eric Holder who highlighted the fight against gerrymandering and next steps.

In addition to hearing from these speakers, we watched several inspiring videos. One was created by our Digital shop that talks about the new DNC. The other was a video highlighting Doug Jones in Alabama. We also were joined by video from Phil Murphy, candidate for governor in New Jersey, as well as via Skype by Tim Kaine and Justin Fairfax talking about the races in Virginia.

During the Saturday general session, the members approved the Chair’s slate of 75 at-large members, as well as standing committee appointments, by acclamation. The DNC considered several reports from our Standing Committees.

Those reports included:

Resolutions Committee Report The Resolutions Committee considered a number of resolutions submitted by members, which were a combination of messaging and commemorative resolutions. Among the Resolutions adopted by the DNC were resolutions highlighting the DNC’s commitment to hurricane relief for Texas, Louisiana, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands and fire relief for California wildfires, opposing the Trump Muslim Ban, and outlining the DNC’s new mission. Commemorative resolutions recognized committed Democrats who had recently passed away, including former DNC LGBT Caucus Chair Rick Stafford and Bob Farmer.

  In addition, the Executive Committee considered and adopted three timely and urgent resolutions, one on the Las Vegas massacre and the other two being commemorative.

A packet of the final resolutions, as approved by the DNC, is available by clicking this link.

  Credentials Committee Report

The DNC Credentials Committee met on Friday afternoon to hear updates on two challenges presently before the Committee.

Rules & Bylaws Committee Report

Rules & Bylaws Committee Chair Jim Roosevelt reported out on the meeting of the RBC held on Thursday morning. The RBC adopted a revised charter amendment that deals with the gender balance of DNC officers. It was put forward to the body for a vote and adopted.

It was also shared that Chair Perez introduced a charter amendment adding the DNC Secretary and the President of the ASDC as automatic members of the Rules & Bylalws Committee.

In addition, Chair Perez provided a brief report on the exciting work of the Unity Reform Commission. The Commission has held four meetings since being appointed and have had informative and productive discussions on the various topics covered in the mandate. The Commission is required to issue its report and recommendations to the Rules and Bylaws Committee by January 1, 2018. Please find an update from Chair and Vice Chair Jen O'Malley Dillon and Larry Cohen here.

Transition Advisory Committee Report

Reverend Leah Daughtry, one of the co-chairs for the DNC’s Transition Advisory Committee, shared updates on the Committee’s work and highlighted the focus areas that were discussed.

Caucus and Council Chair Elections

Throughout the DNC meeting, each of our regional caucuses, as well as our constituency caucuses and councils, held elections for leadership positions. We are excited to have such a diverse slate of individuals who ran and were elected.

Those Chairs that were elected were:

Black Caucus: Virgie Rollins

AAPI Caucus: Bel Leong-Hong

Women's Caucus: Lottie Shackelford

LGBT Caucus: Earl Fowlkes

Hispanic Caucus: Iris Martinez

Midwestern Caucus: Ron Harris

Eastern Caucus: Nancy DiNardo

Southern Caucus: Alan Clendenin

Western Caucus: Jesse Durfee

Youth Council: Akilah Ensley

Rural Council: Betty Richie

Disability Council: Tony Coelho

Native American Council: Rion Ramirez

Small Business Council: Andrew Lachman

Seniors Council: Steve Regenstreif

Vets & Military Families Council: Thomas McDermott & Christine Pelosi

Labor Council: Maria Elena Durazo

I was inspired by our Fall Meeting and am looking forward to working and communicating with each and every one of you in the weeks, months, and years ahead, as we work to rebuild, modernize, organize and win.

Have a wonderful week, and I look forward to speaking with you soon.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to me.

  Yours,

Jason Rae

Secretary

Democratic National Committee

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